easy outdoor candle stakes

I wanted to bring in extra light to our yard and was looking for something a bit more refined then the store bought tiki torches. So I made my own candle stakes! I used a small drill bit to hallow out the bottom 1/4 of a stack of taper candles and stuck them atop craft dowels and then into the ground. It’s been an easy, affordable and pretty way to bring extra light to our extended evenings outdoors. Hooray for summer!

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Posted July 16, 2012
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18 Responses to “easy outdoor candle stakes”

  1. Anna says:

    Love this idea! Simple and elegant, which is the perfect combination. Hooray for summer indeed.

  2. Anna @ IHOD says:

    How fantastic is this! Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Emily says:

    Absolutely adore this idea!

    With Love,


  4. kat jackson says:

    What a great idea! I am definitely trying this at my next backyard dinner party.

  5. tere says:

    Such a simple idea! Those are the best ones, bet your patio looked gorgeous. :^)

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  8. how2home says:

    this is such a great idea and easy to do! Love it, definitely will use this for our yard. Mean while check out “ultimate summer landscape” and let us know what you think! (www.eieihome.com/blog/the-ultimate-summer-home-landscape.html)

  9. Matthias Colberg says:

    These candles look pretty and practical too. Do you have any instructions on how to make them?

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  11. Nancy says:

    You can also buy these at many dollar stores. I do like the idea of getting to choose your colours, etc. Think I need to buy a drill. I keep needing one for stuff like this.

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  15. Jenn D. says:

    You don’t need a drill!! Just heat a piece of metal, the same width as your stake (possibly a wire coat hangar or a piece of wire). Put a lighter to it till the wire is hot. Place the hot wire tip into the base of your candle & and melt a bit up the middle of the bottom of the candle (enough to fit the stake into), until you melt out enough room to put the stake in. Place the candle onto the stake, making sure the top of the candle (where the flame is) is pointing straight up. Light the candle & go!

  16. Joy says:

    How do you keep them from blowing out in the wind?